Prince William and Kate Middleton have called in a seasoned set of royal hands to help them look after their growing royal baby!
The doting new parents have hired Jessie Webb (William's former nanny!) to help them look after Prince George. The 71-year-old nanny is most famously known for taking care of William when he was a baby. She was hired by the late Princess Diana and Prince Charles to look after William and Prince Harry when they were children and was often seen as a source of comfort to the two growing boys during their parents' divorce. Ingrid Seward, author of A Century of Royal Children, says, "She'll be like a safe pair of hands. She knows the ropes and knows what happens. That's preferred rather than someone new to it all, someone who'd be terrified of it all." Webb has already been spotted in photos with Kate, stopping here and there for little errands while the family of three is living in Anglesey, Wales.
Though the first-time parents were adamant about getting through the early days sans the help of a nanny, it looks like the time has come for the threesome to add another hands-on caretaker to their family — and who better than someone who already knows the royal ropes so well? Will and Kate have already returned to their royal duties and volunteer efforts so the need to introduce a nanny to George became even more important. Webb, who attended William's 21st birthday party and was a guest at the royal wedding, very much knows what life in the royal spotlight feels like. Because the Duchess and her beau have expressed their desire to raise their son to be as common as possible, it should come as no surprise that they'd turn to someone who held some stake in the way William was raised.
But if you don't have a hands-on nanny you know and trust that's worked with your family before, how do you find someone?
Start with personal recommendations and by checking with organizations you trust. You can also sign on to use sitter websites and agencies to help connect you with quality people. By asking friends, family, coworkers or even other moms in the area, you'll get candid insight into who other moms have worked with, who's available and who you can trust. They'll give you the real deal on what hiring someone to look after your baby will really be like — and they'll know the important things to tell you to look for.
Working with an organization you trust may also provide you with background checks and people who've been trained in infant CPR. A lot of moms suggest working through a religious organization you're comfortable with or through daycare services. Online communities will give you the choice of looking at someone and reading their resume before calling them over for coffee. You get to pick and choose the people you want to do talk with — and you can contact their references at no added charge.
How did you find a nanny?